François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.
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Never argue at the dinner table for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
He who has not the spirit of this age has all the misery of it.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind but self-love.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
Stand upright speak thy thoughts declare The truth thou hast that all may share, Be bold proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.